The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published a comprehensive pocketbook of nutrition-related data covering all regions of the world in November 2014.
Food and Nutrition in Numbers – a pocket-seized compendium dedicated to the state of nutrition worldwide— offers diverse data and visualisations highlighting trends on such topics as micronutrient deficiencies, overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases from 1990 to the present.
Additionally, it offers indicators on the links between nutrition, health and the environment.
Readers can find detailed data on such topics as food prices, food consumption, agriculture-related carbon emissions and land use, among others.
Those interested in food and nutrition issues will be able to access the pocketbook on their portable devices via a mobile-friendly web app and online PDF version.
The pocketbook data shows that while progress has been made in reducing the percentage of hungry people globally (Millennium Development Goal 1c on halving the proportion of undernourishment is still within reach), the more ambitious 1996 World Food Summit target of reducing the number of hungry people by 2015 remains out of reach.
What’s more, some two billion people are micronutrient deficient – which means they lack the vitamins and minerals they needed to lead a healthy and productive life. At the same time, there has been an increase in food waste and obesity globally.
The pocketbook aims to highlight these external aspects of nutrition by providing concrete data on the impacts of our current food systems. It also reveals data gaps that need filling, and may inspire countries to start processes to gather missing information and make it available.